Exciting News From 1995

I still find it astonishing that Russia, for a brief period in 1994, was unable to launch its nuclear missiles. Also consider that squirrels have three times brought down NASDAQ, a stock exchange, by chewing […]

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Bun Cha, Man Buns, and the Cuban Missile Crisis


Vietnamese Entree BUN CHA INGREDIENTS 2 shallots 5 tablespoons fish sauce or oyster sauce or soy sauce (3 more tablespoons later) ¾ teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons sugar (2 more tablespoons later) 1 pound thinly sliced […]

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Dishwashers: Annoyances in Disguise or the Tools of the Apocalypse?


My dishwasher does not properly clean things, particularly glasses with indentations. Oh sure, if I give the dishes a quick rinse beforehand, the dishwasher does tolerably well. If I give the dishes a pre-scrub, the […]

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A Modest Proposal for Peace in the Middle East

Shakshuka, a weapon for peace. Things remain chronically unstable and unpleasant in the Middle East. The Arab nations and Israel just haven’t gotten along as well as one might have hoped. Indeed one cannot look […]

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Burmese Cake, Burma Shave, and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Burmese Dessert SEMOLINA CAKE (sanwin makin) INGREDIENTS 1 16-ounce can coconut cream or 2 14-ounces cans coconut milk. 3 eggs 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 1 cup semolina or cream of wheat 1 cup sugar ¼ […]

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